The Life's Way - A Lifestyle and Technology Blog By Aashish Rai 

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

@HuaweiZA Mate 9 Wins Eight Awards at #CES2017 #Smartphone #AStepAhead

Hi Guys,

Top global technology media outlets have recognized Huawei with multiple awards at CES 2017. Following the HUAWEI Mate 9’s global launch in November, Huawei announced availability in the U.S. market and new partnerships with Amazon Alexa and Google Daydream. Highlighting the Mate 9’s new partnerships, power, performance, design and dual-lens camera, global media presented Huawei with eight awards. CES also recognized the HUAWEI MateBook as a CES Innovation Award 2017 Honoree for its impressive design and performance.

In addition to the accolades received at CES, Android Authority named Huawei Manufacturer of the Year, crediting the company’s great devices, business acumen and technological leadership for its breakout success in 2016.

Here are the awards the HUAWEI Mate 9 received at CES 2017: 

The Wall Street Journal selected the HUAWEI Mate 9 as one of its ‘Best of CES 2017’ products. The editors highlighted the device’s display, processor, charging capabilities and Leica dual-lens camera. The Wall Street Journal is one of the top publications in the world and considered the most widely-read newspaper in the U.S. business and investment community.

Android Police awarded the HUAWEI Mate 9 the ‘Best of Smartphones’ for its integration with Amazon Alexa, which makes it a standout device at CES. Android Police is a blog dedicated to everything related to Android that is read by Android and technology enthusiasts.

BGR named the HUAWEI Mate 9 a ‘CES 2017 Winner’ because of its display, performance, battery and integration with Amazon Alexa. BGR is a leading online destination for news and commentary focused on the mobile and consumer electronics markets. It attracts readers that are early adopters, savvy technology fans and casual readers. 

Chip Chick recognized the HUAWEI Mate 9 as a ‘Top Pick of CES 2017’ following the smartphone’s launch in the U.S. and collaboration with Amazon Alexa. Established in 2004, Chip Chick was one of the first sites to focus on technology for women, offering a lifestyle perspective on the world of consumer electronics. 
@HuaweiZA Mate 9 Wins Eight Awards at #CES2017 #Smartphone
Talk Android named the HUAWEI Mate 9 a ‘Best of CES 2017’ product, crediting its impressive dual-camera and powerful Kirin 960 chip. Talk Android is a site dedicated to reporting on Android and Google related mobile news. Its content is focused on new handsets, software developments, apps, and everything Android.

TechAdvisor/PC Advisor included the HUAWEI Mate 9 in its CES ‘Top Picks 2017’, highlighting the device’s integration with Amazon Alexa. TechAdvisor/PC Advisor is a leading global consumer technology publication that provides advice to users who want to purchase the best devices at a great value.

TechnoBuffalo awarded the HUAWEI Mate 9 ‘Best of CES 2017’ for its integration with Amazon Alexa, processor, smart app management, battery and beautiful display. TechnoBuffalo covers a wide range of technology-related topics from devices to industry trends. The site provides value to the reader through editorial commentary, descriptive ‘how-to’ guides, and immersive video.

Techaeris included the HUAWEI Mate 9 on its ‘Best of CES 2017’ list due to the device’s powerful Kirin 960 chipset, SuperCharge technology, Leica dual-lens camera and Amazon Alexa integration. Techaeris publishes in-depth stories, news coverage and product information and reviews. It covers everything from technology to science, art, photography and lifestyle.

For more information please visit: http://consumer.huawei.com

Cheers!!!

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@JaguarSA Chooses @Tumi_Morake As Ambassador #JaguarJourney #JaguarMenlyn #TheBluBloodWay

Hi Guys, 

Popular award-winning comedian and TV star, Tumi Morake, has been chosen as a Jaguar ambassador. In partnership with Jaguar Land Rover Menlyn, Tumi will be driving a new Jaguar F-PACE – finished in Italian Racing Red, to perfectly suit her personality.

“I have always dreamt of driving a Jaguar and when I attended their launch last year, I had heart palpitations,” said Morake. “When I got to pick the colour, I thought that it has to be red, it has to be a colour that speaks to me, something that is out there, unique and exciting. I’m a mom, but I also don’t want to look like a boring mom.”
@JaguarSA Chooses @Tumi_Morake As Ambassador #JaguarJourney #JaguarMenlyn
The F-PACE combines Jaguar’s sports car DNA with the space and practicality of an SUV. It boasts class-leading interior space for passengers, as well as boot capacity of 463 litres – including a full-size spare wheel. When the rear seats are folded flat the total cargo volume increases to a massive 1 553 litres. With underpinnings based on the Jaguar F-TYPE sports car and Jaguar’s Intelligent Driveline Dynamics all-wheel drive, the F-PACE offers a thrilling driving experience, with confidence and stability in all weather and on all road surfaces. 

“I first saw Tumi performing in May 2016. Her bold and edgy character and entertaining persona resonated with me, and made her the perfect candidate for a brand ambassador,” says Eric Vorster, Dealer Prinicipal at Jaguar Land Rover Menlyn. “Tumi is the epitome of the Jaguar brand – a world of contemporary luxury and refined power, exciting all of your senses. We look forward to having Tumi on board and sharing in her successes in 2017.”
@JaguarSA Chooses @Tumi_Morake As Ambassador #JaguarJourney #JaguarMenlyn
Along with space and practicality, F-PACE also boasts a thoroughly modern set of world-class infotainment and connectivity technologies, through its InControl Touch Pro. The 10.2-inch touch screen is powered by high-speed processors and networking technologies, allowing for intuitive swipe, pinch and zoom gestures, and seamlessly integrates with drivers’ mobile phones. Additionally, it also offers an in-car wireless hotspot for up to eight devices and connected services that integrate with the satellite navigation. 

To test drive a Jaguar F-PACE, contact Jaguar Land Rover Menlyn on 012 369 2400, or visit the dealer at Summit Place Precint, 221 Garsfontein Road, Menlyn, Pretoria.

Follow Tumi on @tumi_morake and follow her #JaguarJourney #JaguarMenlyn #TheBluBloodWay

Cheers!!!

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@HuaweiZA P9/P9 Plus Surpass 10 Million Shipments #Smartphone #Leica

Hi Guys,

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG) recently announced that the company has shipped more than 10 million Huawei P9/P9 Plus smartphones globally, making it the company’s first flagship series to top the 10 million mark. 

This is a milestone for Huawei both from a product and brand perspective. Despite a sluggish global smartphone market in 2016, the Huawei P9 and P9 Plus devices have achieved impressive results in the premium segment; a breakthrough that proves Huawei’s investment in international markets is paying off. 

First revealed in April 2016, the dual-lens Huawei P9/P9 Plus devices were Huawei’s first flagship smartphones to be developed in collaboration with legendary German camera brand Leica. This extensive partnership has already set a new benchmark for advanced smartphone camera technology and delivered outstanding photography experiences to consumers. 
@HuaweiZA P9/P9 Plus Surpass 10 Million Shipments #Smartphone #Leica
Since launching, the Huawei P9 and P9 Plus have become an instant hit in the global smartphone market. Global shipments of the P9 exceeded 2.6 million within six weeks of their release. Eight months since its release, the Huawei P9 has sustained its popularity, winning recognition from both experts and consumers for its camera experience, industrial design and overall performance. In addition to winning major awards including European Consumer Smartphone 2016-17 from EISA and Best Personal Computing Device at CES Asia, the Huawei P9 has also received positive reviews from hundreds of key international publications, making it a top choice for consumers looking for the best camera phone. 

Thanks to the huge popularity of the P9 and P9 Plus, as well as the strong sales performance of the Mate 8 and Mate 9 devices, Huawei is making significant progress in the global high-end smartphone market. In the third quarter of 2016, Huawei shipped 33.59 million smartphones, up 23% from the previous year, with mid-to-high-end devices accounting for about 44% of the shipment. So far, Huawei has shipped more than 1,2 million smartphones to South Africa, over 45 000 being the P9 and the P9 Plus this past year.

Huawei’s market share is now above 15% in 30 countries and above 20% in 20 countries; it also made substantial breakthroughs in key markets such as the UK, France and Germany. As of November 2016 Huawei has a value share in South Africa of 17.4 percent and 10.8 percent volume share. There has been a 43 percent growth rate in South Africa. 

According to 2016 half year financial results, Huawei CBG sales were close to 77.4 billion RMB in the first half of year, up 41% from the same period in 2015; the growth rate in markets outside of China was 1.6 times that of the Greater China region. 

Global awareness of the Huawei brand has continued to grow along with Huawei’s outstanding market performance. In 2016, Huawei was ranked No. 72 in Interbrand’s “Top 100” most valuable global brands list, 16 spots up from 2015. Huawei was again listed as one of the top 100 most valuable brands by Brand Z, at No.50 this year, up from No.70 in 2015. Additionally, in November, Huawei was named “Best Consumer Electronics Brand” in “Best Brands 2016 – the Chinese brand ranking” based on GfK’s consumer survey.

Cheers!!!

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@SonyXperiaZA Together With @Takealot Brings You The #XperiaEar

Hi Guys,

Sony Mobile Communications announced that Xperia Ear is available exclusively at takealot.com Xperia Ear is a smart product from Sony Mobile, an in-ear personal assistant to help communicate and get things done via conversational voice interaction and simple head gestures. 

The Xperia Ear is designed to bring a new way of communicating, without compromising on enjoying the world around you. It provides useful information such as your schedule, weather and the latest news to keep you up-to-date on the go. Powered by Sony Agent Technology; an adaptive platform, Xperia Ear responds to verbal commands, so you can ask it to make a call, perform an internet search, dictate a message or navigate to a certain location. 
@SonyXperiaZA Together With @Takealot Brings You The #XperiaEar
"We are proud to be SONY's exclusive South African retail partner for the launch of the Xperia Ear," says Julie-Anne Walsh, Chief Marketing Officer at Takealot. "We'll always back cutting-edge technology that enriches the lives of our customers and it's just the kind of exciting innovation we're looking to offer on takealot.com. Living increasingly interconnected lives, here's a product that enables us to stay in touch, keep organised and plan our time, hands-free. By making the Xperia Ear available to buy online at Takealot, we're giving customers all over South Africa a fast, simple and direct way to shop this technology first."

Xperia Ear reads out incoming texts, WhatsApp or Facebook messages and allows you to initiate a response with a simple nod and then reply instantly with your voice. Xperia Ear has a full-day of battery life and, most importantly, doesn't feel uncomfortable when it's placed in your ear.
@SonyXperiaZA Together With @Takealot Brings You The #XperiaEar
Christian Haghofer, Sony Mobile South Africa Country Manager said: “Xperia Ear enables you to be aware of and be in touch with the world around you. It gives you a liberating feeling of not being tied to a smartphone. We are delighted to be teaming up with Takealot to bring this innovative product to the South African market and look forward to the response.”

The Recommended Retail Price is R2499 which is almost similar to several other products available in the market in the same category. 

Cheers!!!

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The Perfect #Monitor for the Work @ Home Professional @LGSouthAfrica

Hi Guys, 

So, you finally got the thumbs up to work from home a few days a week… or maybe you made the leap, packed up your office and decided to become a freelancer. Why not? Almost half of workers in the US and UK are work from home professionals, and South Africa is catching up, because this new model of work just makes sense. You won’t have to throw a good portion of your salary into your daily commute anymore (goodbye traffic and hello all-day PJs!) and you get to choose your own hours too! But despite the benefits, working from home poses new problems to deal with. 
The Perfect #Monitor for the Work @ Home Professional @LGSouthAfrica
You feel like you’ve always got a million things to do between spreadsheets, documents, emails, and keeping on top of your calendar. Your internet browser has more open tabs than a bar on St Patrick’s Day and you’re always hopping back and forth between them all. Then a conference call comes in and you need to drop everything for a minute, only to realise when the call ends that you’ve accidentally closed everything! It may seem like you’ve got a lot of problems right now, but really you only have one… your monitor. 

If you need to be able to do multiple tasks at once, your monitor should be able to keep up with you. The new LG UltraWide monitors were made exactly with this in mind. Besides giving you more room to work with, the 4-Screen Split feature divides the screen into as many as four customisable segments. That means you can now work on a project in one segment, with your internet research open in another, respond to emails without disrupting the rest of your workflow, and even stay connected to your fast-moving Twitter feed. It’s really up to you. Whether you’re an engineer, designer, blogger, writer or something else entirely, you’ll be able to use this feature to streamline your workflow, so you can spend less time yo-yoing between different workloads. 

Find out more about these dynamic, productivity-enhancing monitors at http://www.lg.com/za/ultra-wide-monitors

Cheers!!!

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Sunday, 8 January 2017

Dreams Come True with @SilverstarZA and @947 #CSR @TsogoSun

Hi Guys, 

For Sharné Geldenhuys, an 18 year-old Matriculant from Krugersdorp, 2016 has been a year of change. An A-grade student from Potchefstroom Girls High School, Sharné was not only able to complete her final year of formal schooling with excellent marks, but for the first time in her life, she didn’t have to worry about “adult stresses”, like whether her parents would be able to put food on the table.

Sharné and her family received some much needed respite when three of her school friends contacted 947’s Breakfast Xpress on her behalf. Pleading Sharné’s cause, the girls’ wish for their friend was simply that she could enjoy being a teenager, and live a normal, carefree life. As part of 947’s Christmas Wish initiative of December 2015, and with the help of Shane Collinson, Director of Operations and Complex General Manger from Silverstar Casino, one year later, Sharné and her family are living proof that wishes do come true.

In 2016, Shane, on behalf of Silverstar, paid Sharné’s school and boarding fees, her family received R3000 per month towards groceries and she received R2000 per month to buy whatever she wanted to for an entire year. As an added catapult into greatness, Shane personally offered one-on-one mentoring and coaching to Sharné, which will kick off in January 2017.
Dreams Come True with @SilverstarZA and @947 #CSR @TsogoSun
One year on, and Sharné hasn’t just excelled in school like everyone expected her to, but she has also made decisions - well beyond her years - which will have an impact on her and her family’s future. Testament of the responsible, grateful and humble person that Sharné is, she saved a portion of her “pocket money” and paid a deposit at The Travel and Tourism College in Randburg where she will be studying Tourism and Marketing Management come February 2017. She also paid for her driver’s licence this year, which means travelling from Krugersdorp to Randburg every day will not be a problem.

When asked what this year meant for her and her family, Sharné bubbled over with gratitude, “I didn’t once have to stress about asking my parents for money, and I could look after myself and buy all my essentials with the allowance Uncle Shane gave me. I was also able to save up for my Matric Farewell, a night which I will never forget. My dress was so beautiful and I had the best time with my friends!” she says.

“Because of the stress-free environment, my relationship with my parents has also improved so much. Even though my mom was diagnosed Multiple Sclerosis due to all the constant pressure, we have been able to support and truly be there for one another. My life will never be the same, and I can’t say ‘thank you’ enough.”

True to her hardworking and eager-to-learn nature, Sharné also volunteered some of her spare time to go and work at Silverstar during the course of the year, often job-shadowing or helping Shane and his marketing team with launches and activations at the casino. This is something which she did purely because she is keen to learn about the industry which she will be working in after she completes her studies in 2018.

Commenting on Sharné’s successes of 2016, Shane said the following, “We couldn’t be prouder of the tremendous growth, positivity and determination which Sharné displayed this year. I am confident that she will go from strength to strength not only in her chosen career path, but also on a personal level once we start with our mentoring and coaching sessions. The sky is the limit for this young girl, and I feel both honoured and excited to walk this road with her.”

“If there’s one thing 2016 has taught me, is that hard work and appreciating what you have in life really does go a long way,” concludes Sharné. “I am excited about my future! I can’t wait to start studying, working hard, and making a success of my life. I also cannot wait for my mentorship sessions with Uncle Shane – he has accomplished so much in his life, and I have a lot to learn from his experiences. I know I will never be able to repay what has been done for me and my family, but I hope I can show, through hard work and determination, just how much I appreciate everything.”
 
Cheers!!!
 
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Celebrating and Loving Summers @OysterBox #UmhlangaRocks #Durban #Travel

Hi Guys,

It’s Summer 2017 and The Oyster Box’s calendar is jammed with fabulous experiences to make the most of those long hot days and warm sultry nights!

Step into 2017 at our award-winning Spa for a SUMMER GLOW full body exfoliation. Using olive oil, cane sugar and lemon juice, you’ll be wrapped in a body mask containing turmeric, sandalwood oil, milk and gram flour. A scalp and face massage using heated marble stones follows while the body mask ‘does its work’ to be finished with a luxurious moisturizer. All treatments booked include use of the plunge pool, tranquility lounge, and spa snack buffet.
Valid: 1st-31st January
Price option 1: Exfoliation & body mask - 60 min | R955 per person
Price option 2: Exfoliation & body mask followed by a relaxing Back of Body Hot Stone Massage - 120 min | R1900 per person

February is the month of love, so treat your loved one to a VALENTINE’S DINNER & DANCE any evening from the 10th-14th February. Accompanied by a six-course plated menu, the silky-voiced chanteuse, Cat Simoni, will put you in the mood for romance. Cat gets right ‘Under Your Skin’ with a selection of unforgettable hits about ‘love’ from Andrew Lloyd Webber, Barbra Streisand, Billy Joel, Ella Fitzgerald, Elton John, Francoise Hardy, Freddie Mercury, the Gershwins and, of course, Frank Sinatra.
Venue: Grill Room
Time: 19h00 – 22h00
Price: R950 per person
A MASTER CLASS at The Oyster Box, is one of the hottest tickets in town! Brush-up on your satay, sushi and stir-fry skills and impress the family with your ASIAN COOKING skills. The afternoon begins over sushi and sparkling wine in The Oyster Bar, followed by a tutorial in the Kitchen.
Time: 12h30 - 16h00
Date: 25th February
Price: R350 per person

Celebrate your togetherness during this special Valentine’s month with a ROMANTIC B|TOGETHER couple’s rose quartz massage in The Spa at The Oyster Box. Followed by a glass of sparkling wine; it’s the perfect expression of love! All treatments booked include use of the plunge pool, tranquillity lounge, and spa snack buffet.  
Valid: 1st - 28th February
Price: R2700 | 90 mins

Our SPA LADIES’ NIGHT PAMPER PARTIES are ladies’ nights with a difference! Treat yourself or bring your friends and make an occasion of it. The evening includes a glass of Bubbly & Canapes on arrival and a choice of two treatments. Early booking is encouraged…these popular events fill up fast!
Time: 17h00 for 17h30 - 19h30
Dates: 27th February & 28th March
Price: R1300 per person
Indulge in a whacky weekend of deliciousness at the SKABENGA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY HIGH TEA in The Palm Court! Skabenga, our resident cat, welcomes you to an oompa-loompa tea-time extravaganza, in the magical world of Willy Wonka... the world’s most loveable candy-man. Delectable sweets and treats, psyche-licious cakes and fountains of bubbling chocolate are yours to enjoy for the entire weekend.
Two Sittings: 11h30 – 13h30 | 14h30 – 17h00
Date: 4th & 5th March
Price: R390 per adult | R200 per child

Join executive chef, Kevin Joseph, for his CURRY MASTER CLASS and a three-course dinner. Watch as he expertly demonstrates dishes incorporating Indian-style cuisine. Your dinner will include some of the dishes you’ve seen him prepare and you will go home armed with recipes, hints and tips for recreating your meal at home.
Venue: The Pearl Room
Time: 19h00 – 22h30
Date: 31st March
Price: R 850.00 per person

The Spa’s HEALING HIMALAYAN SALT RITUAL starts off with a full body Himalayan salt exfoliation, followed by a Back of Body Massage using heated Himalayan Salt Stones. The healing properties in the salt, helps to relax the muscles and aid in detoxing the body. All treatments booked include use of the plunge pool, tranquility lounge and spa snack buffet.
Date: 1st & 31st March
Price: R1300 | 90 mins

EXTRAORDINARY EXPERIENCES
The hottest spot in town, The Oyster Box offers live entertainment every day of the week.
 
The Lighthouse Bar is open daily for cocktails and snacks, with live music on Thursday and Friday evenings from18h30 - 21h30. Sit back and enjoy live music each evening (18h30 - 21h30) from Monday to Friday, in The Oyster Bar.

On The Ocean Terrace, popular Wallace Nock does the honours on Saturdays from 12h00 - 15h00 and new arrival, the velvet-voiced Eric Canham, from 12h00 -15h00 on Sundays. An a la carte menu as well as the popular Curry Buffet is served in this casual venue and it’s the perfect spot for breakfast and sundowners.

SPICE IT UP!
“You can’t say you’ve had a curry if you haven’t tried a Durban curry,” says The Oyster Box’s Executive Chef, Kevin Joseph. The incredible Curry Buffet offers a wide selection of curries and condiments, with something to suit every palate. Set in the casual, Mediterranean-inspired Ocean Terrace, with gorgeous views of the Indian Ocean, our delicious Tandoori Chicken and impressive selection of curries includes meat, fish and vegetarian options. Using delicate blends of spices and fresh herbs, each curry is a masterpiece in itself.
Time: Lunch: 12h30 – 15h00 | Dinner: 18h00 – 22h00

TRADITIONAL HIGH TEA
Our legendary tea table is laden with sumptuous treats, from freshly baked scones, pastries and quiches, to exotic cakes, finger sandwiches and savories. Inspired by the hotel’s colonial atmosphere and the accompaniment of our pianist, The Palm Court provides the perfect backdrop for any occasion. Booking is essential.
Time: 14h30 – 17h00 daily

EVENING INDULGENCE
The Evening Indulgence in The Palm Court, makes for a perfect post-dinner or late afternoon treat. Stop by the tranquil Palm Court and make your selection from an assortment of mouthwatering pastries, freshly baked scones with jam and cream and exquisite cakes, served with your choice of tea or coffee.
Time: 18h00 – 21h00 daily
THE CHEF’S TABLE
If you’re a foodie or looking for something extraordinary for a special event or occasion, join Executive Chef Kevin Joseph and members of his culinary team at The Chef’s Table in The Oyster Box Kitchen. Available for bookings from Sunday to Thursday, savour one of the delicious 5-course menus for between six and ten people.
Time: Sunday – Thursday / Dinner only
Price: R 950 per person

OYSTER, SALMON & SUSHI BAR
With its long marble bar a focal point, the Oyster, Salmon & Sushi Bar is a popular meeting place with patrons for live music and cocktails. From Monday to Friday 12noon to 20h00, diners can choose from a selection of Sushi, fresh Oysters, home-cured Salmon, inspired Asian Tacos, Asian Prawn Cocktail and delicious Prawns and Crayfish. Items from the a la carte Seafood Menu may be ordered individually…. accompanied by a glass of delicious ‘Bubbly or one of our signature cocktails.

GIFT EXPERIENCE VOUCHERS: THE IDEAL GIFT
Our gift vouchers are perfect for all occasions. Choose from a tempting selection of experiences including food and wine discovery evenings, traditional afternoon teas, rejuvenating spa treatments or a monetary voucher to spend while visiting the hotel. Purchased online or at the hotel, vouchers may be emailed or sent beautifully presented to the recipient by post.

CONTACT US TO BOOK AN EVENT OR SPA TREATMENT:
- Restaurant and High Tea reservations
Tel: +27 (0) 31 514 5018 • Email: restaurants@oysterbox.co.za
- Spa reservations
Tel: +27 (0) 31 514 5072 • Email: spa@oysterbox.co.za
- Accommodation reservations
Tel: +27 (0) 31 514 5000 • Email: info@oysterbox.co.za
The Oyster Box www.oysterboxhotel.com


The Oyster Box - is one of Africa’s most distinguished hotels. With an abundance of colonial charm, it stands majestically on Umhlanga’s prestigious beachfront, with lush landscaped gardens and direct beach access. The hotel is conveniently situated in relation to the Natal Midlands and the Drakensberg Mountains, as well as game parks and historic battlefields.

The hotel boasts 86 luxurious rooms and suites and a magnificent Presidential Suite, each individually created to blend colonial charm with modern convenience. Renowned for its generous hospitality, attentive service and exceptional cuisine, The Oyster Box offers a variety of superb restaurants and cocktail bars for fine dining or more casual occasions.

Facilities include a magnificent Spa, offering the ultimate in wellness and beauty treatment options, two swimming pools, luscious and tropical gardens and an intimate, 24-seater movie theatre. In addition, the family-owned hotel is KZN’s premiere wedding and honeymoon destination and the ‘venue of choice’ for the conference and business markets. Become a fan of The Oyster Box on Facebook and Follow The Oyster Box on Twitter View a complete list of Awards of Accolades for The Red Carnation Hotel Collection.

Cheers!!!

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Add Kitchen Unit To #Jurgens Safari XT140 #GetUpAndGo #CampWorld

Hi Guys,

If you’re thinking of ways to persuade your better half that investing in a new Jurgens Safari XT140 or XT140 Extension is a great idea, we’d like to suggest this fresh approach:

Tell your adventure-loving partner that if you purchase either off-road trailer, you could add a kitchen unit valued at R6 000 which includes the addition of the kitchen unit on the left side fender box, foam inserts and a Cadac 2-burner gas stove making it a great investment. 

Add Kitchen Unit To #Jurgens Safari XT140 #GetUpAndGo #CampWorld
Extra storage units will also become available on these two trailers. These will include a right hand fender box with shelving and drawers, as well as a drawer system in the right side front hatch. These units will be available in all Campworld stores 2016, and can be ordered for after-market fitment as well.

For further information and Campworld dealer locations, visit the website - www.campworld.co.za and join the conversation on https://www.facebook.com/campworldSA?ref=br_tf and https://www.instagram.com/campworld_za/.

Add Kitchen Unit To #Jurgens Safari XT140 #GetUpAndGo #CampWorld
ABOUT CAMPWORLD
For the past 60 years Campworld has offered keen outdoor lovers a superior range of quality caravans and trailers by popular brands such as Jurgens, Sprite and Gypsey. Campworld also proudly stocks the Howling Moon range of tents and camping equipment.

With over 40 stores strategically situated across Southern Africa, Campworld is easily accessible to South Africans with adventure running through their veins. It’s the ideal retail destination for stocking up on all camping and caravanning equipment.

Caravanning and camping gives holiday makers an affordable opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of city and suburban life and be up close to the abundant natural beauty that our country offers. It’s no surprise that caravanning and camping is becoming one of South Africa’s preferred types of vacation accommodation.

Cheers!!!

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Howling Moon Swing Arm - A Great Idea for Shade and Shelter #CampWorld

Hi Guys, 

For many of us with wanderlust, comfort is a prerequisite to habitual adventuring. On a continent like ours, temperatures typically soar over large parts, and adequate shade can make the difference between an experience being bearable and insufferable.

With over 40 years’ experience in textiles and awnings manufacturing, Howling Moon constantly strives to bring innovative products to market; products that optimise the outdoor living experience for the camping and caravanning fraternity.

The Howling Moon Swing Arm is the latest addition to the Howling Moon portfolio. This robust awning, swings out 270° around one’s vehicle, providing ample shade in a matter of minutes. Not only does it provide UV protection from the harsh African rays; it can be positioned to offer shelter from downpours on two sides of any vehicle, trailer or camper.
Howling Moon Swing Arm - A Great Idea for Shade and Shelter #CampWorld
The unit is self-supporting in most weather conditions, with self-contained, drop-down telescopic legs to bolster it in strong winds. The roofing material is UV-resistant, waterproof and surface-proofed with Fluorocarbon to facilitate soil release and rapid drying. Unique built-in mooring straps create outstanding water run-off; a great advantage during unexpected downpours. The unit comes packaged in a waterproof, dust-proof exterior PVC bag with zip opening. 

The two models now available are a 4-panel version (Swing Arm 2000) with a length of 2m and an extension of 1,9m at a recommended retail selling price of R5990 (incl. VAT), and the Swing Arm 2500 which has six panels, with a length of 2,5m and an extension of 2,4m at a recommended retail selling price of R8200 (incl. VAT).

The Howling Moon Swing Arm has received rave reviews, with ease of use and convenience mentioned time and again. Now available at Campworld dealers nationally. For further information and Campworld dealer locations, visit the website - www.campworld.co.za and join the conversation on https://www.facebook.com/campworldSA?ref=br_tf and https://www.instagram.com/campworld_za/.

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ThinkPad X1. By Us. By You. @Lenovo_Africa #LenovoCES

Hi Guys,

Twelve months ago, Lenovo launched the expanded ThinkPad X1 portfolio that demonstrated a commitment to uncompromised innovation and delivered truly versatile products that offer users the best possible personalized computing experience. Today, the next generation of ThinkPad X1 products continue that commitment and are specifically designed to embrace the needs of the evolving workforce and workplace.

Device mobility has never been more important. More than half of employees work from home at least some of the time and many millennials prioritize device flexibility and agility over remuneration when looking at job opportunities. The workplace is becoming a more dynamic environment with less static desks and more open spaces designed to nurture spontaneous interactions and an entrepreneurial spirit.

ThinkPad has been a hallmark of business computing for nearly 25 years and continues to be designed and engineered like no other. As its cornerstone, the X1 family is built on customer insight with many factors considered during the design process. Technology, size, weight and materials are high on the list, but usability, usage modes and connectivity are key lead-user research insights that influenced the development of the products. Business professionals demand the very best of themselves and expect their technology to do likewise. ThinkPad X1 is designed with the sole purpose of offering the best possible experience, by embracing workplace transformation, supporting personal workstyles and design choices, and by balancing security and manageability needs for an agile IT infrastructure.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon #TheLifesWay #PhotoYatra
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
Taking center stage this year at CES is the fifth-generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon.
At first glance, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is a familiar sight, but closer inspection reveals that it is smaller. In fact, in addition to being the lightest notebook in its class at under 2.5 pounds (1.14kg), it is also the smallest, fitting a high quality 14-inch IPS display into a typical 13-inch form factor. Despite the smaller size, there are no compromises here. The X1 Carbon continues to innovate as one of the thinnest, lightest and most durable notebooks around. A full complement of ports, infrared camera, connectivity and security ensure the X1 Carbon delivers maximum performance on all fronts. The six-row ThinkPad keyboard with an improved Microsoft Precision Touchpad (with physical buttons!) and iconic TrackPoint complete the picture.

Available in classic ThinkPad black and a new silver color, it is under the hood that the X1 Carbon comes into its own. Customers tell us that battery life is the single most important feature in a highly mobile business ultrabook, but not at the expense of security and connectivity. The improvements we’ve made are a direct result of constant analysis of customer feedback and user testing.

New enhancements include:
  • Enough battery life to board one of the world’s ultra-long-haul flights and have enough juice on arrival to message home. Users can now enjoy up to 15.5 hours, per MobileMark® 2014.
  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X7 LTE-A Wireless WAN offering up to three times faster LTE speeds1 and WIFI CERTIFIED WiGig™ options remain, but can now co-exist thanks to redesigned antenna placements.
  • ThunderboltTM 3 ports also make their appearance with up to eight times faster transfer speeds than USB 3.0 and 4k display connectivity. We’ve still managed to squeeze on a couple of type-A USB 3.0 ports and HDMI too!
  • Expanded docking solutions with new Thunderbolt 3 and USB Type-C docks.
In the last year, 689 million people have been victims of cybercrime2 and with 431 million new malware strains detected3, device security has never been more critical. ThinkPad X1 Carbon is more secure than ever with multi-factor authentication improvements such as:
  • ThinkPad has enhanced biometric authentication with the addition of an IR camera with face recognition support for Windows Hello logon.
  • The Match-on-Chip touch fingerprint sensor adds another security layer. Enrolled data is processed in the sensor itself and all fingerprint images are handled inside the fingerprint processing unit preventing malicious logon access.
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet #TheLifesWay #PhotoYatra
    Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet
  • ThinkPad X1 Carbon is also the first business-class notebook to support FIDO-enabled biometric authentication for PayPal. Intel Software Guard Extensions (SGX) secures users’ FIDO® credentials and the Synaptics Natural IDTM fingerprint sensor features enterprise-level security with TLS 1.2 encryption. This hardware-level protection will enable users to authenticate to online FIDO-enabled services like PayPal® by using a fingerprint instead of a password.
ThinkPad X1 Yoga also gets updated treatment and the same silver option. Customers looking for a convertible notebook want the best Windows 10 experience possible with multi-mode flexibility, high performance functionality and pen use that feels more natural. The X1 Yoga excels, adapting to users’ various needs, with a redesigned rechargeable pen, a great visual experience and an improved unique keyboard. It also shares many of the improvements from the X1 Carbon, with improved security and a complete set of ports including Thunderbolt 3. Flying from New York to Tokyo or Dubai to Sydney is not a problem with up to 15 hours of battery life for the true mobile warrior.

Key features include:
  • Users will revel in the only 14-inch OLED notebook display option reproducing stunning colors, absolute blacks and 100 percent Adobe RGB color space.
  • Intel® Iris™ Graphics with dedicated high bandwidth, high speed memory delivering superior performance over Intel® HD Graphics.
  • We developed an improved ThinkPad Pen Pro for 2017 using a new soft elastomer tip. With bigger friction on glass, the pen recreates a more natural writing experience for users.
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga #TheLifesWay #PhotoYatra
    Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga
  • Lenovo engineers further improved the unique rise and fall keyboard. The new keyboard retracts fully flat in tablet mode offering greater stability and user comfort and anchoring the keycaps delivers better long term key durability and reliability.
 
Also updated for 2017, the ThinkPad X1 Tablet combines 2-in-1 uncompromised design with enterprise-class features. For 2017, the MIL-SPEC tested X1 Tablet continues to impress customers with its light weight modularity and serviceability.
  • The X1 Tablet modules offer port expansion and up to 5 hours’ extra battery life, or a properly integrated projection option for a seamless desk-to-projection experience.
  • Simplified serviceability and a wide range of docking options make the X1 Tablet virtually unique in the detachable segment.
What makes the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 series so good? Is it the uncompromising design, enhanced security, superior connectivity, ultimate versatility? Yes, but above all, it is our customers’ feedback, insight and experience that drives us to be better and to be different. ThinkPad X1. By Us. By You.

Find out more at www.lenovo.com/Think Watch how customer insights inspired Lenovo’s latest innovations at CES 2017: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIoPzpwS4uM
Discover more at www.lenovo.com/ces. Join Lenovo on LinkedIn, follow on Facebook or Twitter (@Lenovo) or visit at www.lenovo.com.

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Today’s Crossover Consumers Meet Their Match @Lenovo_Africa Miix 720 #LenovoCES

Hi Guys, 

Today’s consumers no longer expect barriers of any kind to impede their work or play. From crossover vehicles and business casual dress to telecommuting and always-on connectivity, people want effortless, convenient transitions from the office to the mountaintop, from the coffee shop to the home. And critical to this way of life is a PC that can be configured for any need.

Lenovo’s user and customer experience teams gather feedback from millions of people to better understand what they need, and want, in their next portable PC. It’s these consumer trends and insights that led to the development of the new Miix 720 Windows detachable – an all-purpose digital vehicle with state-of-the-art components that not so much blur as altogether eradicate the lines separating today’s work hard, play hard mentality. With one-third of millennials prioritizing device flexibility and work mobility over other work perks, including salary, the Miix 720 is tailor-made for the “work from anywhere” user.

Want proof? Read on and put yourself into a day in the life with the Lenovo Miix 720.
Your alarm goes off and like nearly 40 percent of the U.S. workforce, you may be working remotely for part of the day due to a high-stakes mid-morning presentation that you’ll be giving to a key prospect.

You slip the ultra-slim machine into your bag and head for the door. Measuring in at just 0.57 in (14.6 mm) and 2.4 lbs (1.1 kg) including the precision touchpad-enabled keyboard, the Miix 720 makes the weight on your shoulder almost imperceptible as you walk to the coffee shop.

You take a seat and flip open the screen for a final review of the deck. The Miix 720’s integrated infrared (IR) camera with Windows Hello instantly recognizes your face to unlock the detachable. No more obtuse, difficult-to-remember, easy-to-mistype passwords that will unnecessarily delay the start of your workday. You’re grateful for the ease and agree with the 75 percent of PC users surveyed who think PC bio-authentication, like the Miix 720’s facial recognition, is a highly convenient and appealing feature.
Lenovo Miix 720 with Active Pen 2 #TheLifesWay #PhotoYatra
Lenovo Miix 720 with Active Pen 2
With only a few minutes before your meeting, you leave the keyboard in your bag and use the 12-inch touchscreen as a tablet, its QHD+ screen with 2880 x 1920 resolution delivering ultra-crisp clarity to your graphics-rich pitch.
 
With the Lenovo Active Pen 2 in hand, you use the shortcut button to open your email and check for any last-minute edits from your boss. Her suggestion: add one more hand-drawn schematic to the presentation. As part of the over 20 percent of detachable users surveyed who use a pen or stylus on a daily basis, you rely on a digital pen to sketch out the drawing along with some supporting annotations with just the click of your Lenovo Active Pen 2 using Windows Ink™. The 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity on the pen offer a precise drawing experience, like writing on paper.

Like most of us, the process of drawing and writing with a pen helps you frame content in a way that makes it more memorable and meaningful. Lenovo’s commitment to creating smarter pens is based in large part on a growing body of research demonstrating that digital pens are better suited to intrinsic human cognition, including conceptualizing, prototyping, sketching, memorizing, and good old-fashioned brainstorming. In other words, not only are you not worried about this last-minute addition, you’ve already got the new information incorporated into the pitch and understand precisely why it’s there.

You add the new slide to the deck and use Wi-Fi to fire the updated presentation off to your boss. All of this and your coffee is still hot. Your detachable’s up to 8-hour battery life with a USB connection that never sleeps means you can even charge your smartphone while your Miix 720 is powered off, as you finish your coffee.

When you get to the client’s office, you simply connect the conference room’s 4K monitor to the Miix 720 via Thunderbolt™ 3, the fastest port available on a PC today. At 40Gbps, Thunderbolt 3 can handle all of your data transfer needs along with a simultaneous video conference feed with the boss.

The presentation is a hit, the deal is secured, and you once more break out the Lenovo Active Pen 2 to create a digital signature on the contract. Losing the stylus is the number one problem amongst digital pen users, but you have no trouble locating your Lenovo Active Pen 2 thanks to a convenient pen holder designed for the Miix 720.

Back in your own office, you attach the full-size keyboard which boasts 1.5mm of key travel for faster, more accurate typing and alternate between email and word processing for two new proposals before heading to a new product presentation. During the meeting, you again detach the touchscreen and use your mobile tablet and Lenovo Active Pen 2 to easily take notes. Before exiting the room you snap some photos of the presenter’s whiteboard notes with the Miix 720’s integrated camera.

En route home after a long day, you’re inspired by the outdoor scenery for your next prospective pitch. Because creativity doesn’t wait, and thanks to the Miix 720, you quickly snap some images on its rear-facing 5MP camera and spend the train ride home editing the image with Lenovo Active Pen 2.

Home by sundown, you and the Miix 720 spend a few minutes networking with family and friends on social media and emailing your boss that clever scenery mockup, the backlit keyboard making it easy to type in the gathering darkness.

As you relax at home, you set the Miix 720’s up-to-150-degree tablet kickstand to the preferred viewing angle to enjoy a movie in a comfortable position. Its improved dual kickstand hinges offer a noticeably smoother rotation and firmer rigidity than before.

Better yet, its integrated Thunderbolt 3 and optional connectors lets you connect up to two displays at vivid 4K resolution for the times you want to watch movies with family and friends.

It’s been a hectic, but ultimately successful day, and it’s difficult to imagine how you’d have made it without the many faces of the Miix 720 at your side. 

Join Lenovo on LinkedIn, follow on Facebook or Twitter (@Lenovo) or visit at www.lenovo.com.

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5 Ways #Legion #Y720 and #Y520 Laptops are Upping the Game @Lenovo_Africa #LenovoCES

Hi Guys,

In their quest to provide customers the most immersive PC gaming experiences, Lenovo spent time building and listening to a community of gamers to better understand what they value most. This year, Lenovo is launching a dedicated sub-brand for Lenovo gaming PCs – they call it Lenovo Legion. The new gaming sub-brand offers gamers powerful gaming devices and community engagement. It’s a user experience designed around what they’re passionate about – the most immersive gaming experiences. Just as the Roman army shared a common purpose that bound them together as a force to be reckoned with, Lenovo Legion is all about the growing community of gamers and their passion for gaming.

The first Lenovo Legion offerings embody the modern gaming experience, starting with the new Lenovo Legion Y720 and Y520 Laptops – two powerful gaming PCs designed for mainstream and enthusiast players. These products are a result of talking to thousands of gamers and understanding and anticipating their needs. Lenovo Legion is about emboldening our commitment to improving players’ gameplay with state-of-the-art technology so they can fully immerse in the game.
5 Ways #Legion #Y720 Laptops are Upping the Game @Lenovo_Africa #LenovoCES
Lenovo Legion Y720 Laptop
Here are five ways the Lenovo Legion Y720 and Y520 Laptops are setting the bar based on gamers’ insights.

#1: Need for Speed
Just the way your brain brings your senses to life, the graphics and CPU powering your gaming device enable sensory features like the screen and keyboard to seem immersive to gamers. In fact, gamers agree that graphics and processor speed are the top features they value most in their gaming PCs[i]. Lenovo Legion laptops are outfitted with up to the latest NVIDIA® graphics cards and Intel®’s latest 7th Gen Core™ i7 processors for the speed needed to win. More RAM also means better gameplay, and boosting up RAM specs delivers that extra edge as the second most desired upgrade based on gamers’ feedback.1 You can run and stream your favorite game, respond to chat questions and play music all at the same time without a hitch – powered by the two laptops’ 16 GB DDR4 memory. Better yet, the Lenovo Legion Y720 Laptop comes with Thunderbolt™ 3, the fastest port available on a PC today[ii] to plug and play at lightening speeds.

#2: Get Real With Virtual Reality
The lines between reality and virtual experiences are blurring. However, the intersection is becoming crystal clear as virtual reality (VR) becomes the new digital reality. In fact, many industry insiders agree that VR is shaping up to be the biggest gaming trend for 2017.[iii] Built from the ground up, the Lenovo Legion Y720 Laptop with up to NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 1060 graphics is VR-ready, offering truly immersive gameplay. Just plug a VR headset into the HDMI port and you’re set for immersive gaming.

#3: Easy on the Eyes
Playing to win involves seeing every little detail. Pixelation, screen lag or dropped frames can mean the difference between seeing your in-game opponent or having them see you first. As high quality screen resolution is something gamers demand, we’ve upped the ante by offering up to UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS anti-glare display on the Lenovo Legion Y720 Laptop. But a screen is only as good as the GPU driving it. Gamers know this, and a good graphics card among the top three specs they value most.1 Lenovo Legion laptops are designed for gaming in high resolution and frame rates that make it easy on your eyes – thanks to their latest graphics. For an even more immersive visual experience, connect the laptop to one of our 27-inch Lenovo Y27g Curved Gaming Monitors and see things in a whole new way. 
5 Ways #Legion #Y520 Laptops are Upping the Game @Lenovo_Africa #LenovoCES
Lenovo Legion Y520 Laptop
#4: Surround Yourself With Sound
Nothing “speaks” more to immersive gaming than being enveloped with sound. In fact, almost half (44 percent)1 of PC gamers bought some kind of new audio peripheral to better their audio gaming experience last year. We designed the Lenovo Legion Y720 Laptop to be the world’s first Dolby Atmos® Windows® based PC.[iv] Dolby Atmos puts you inside the gaming action with powerful, moving audio that sweeps all around and above you with amazing precision and realism. When playing Dolby Atmos-enabled content and using headphones, you can hear the locations of teammates and enemies in three-dimensional space—bringing an enhanced sense of depth and detail to your gaming experience. It makes the game’s world come alive with immersive sound you can feel, from the roar of a spaceship overhead to the crunch of boots on the ground. With sound coming from every angle, you get a tactical edge when gaming on the Lenovo Legion Y720 Laptop.

#5: Feel the Game
Did you know that most gamers are night owls? That’s right, user research revealed that most gaming takes place between 6 p.m. and midnight.1 That’s why we’ve added an optional RGB keyboard on the Lenovo Legion Y720 Laptop and optional red backlit keyboard on the Lenovo Legion Y520 Laptop – making it super easy to game at night without having to clamber for your keys again.

Better yet, the Lenovo Legion Y720 Laptop comes with the option of an integrated Xbox One™ Wireless receiver, which is able to support up to four controllers simultaneously for gaming with friends.

The new Lenovo Legion gaming line was born out of our gaming community’s demand for a superior gaming experience. Each product, feature and spec is the result of knowledge gleaned from what our customers want. Lenovo Legion takes gaming to a whole new level of immersive delight, starting with the Lenovo Legion Y720 and Y520 Laptops. Join Lenovo on LinkedIn, follow on Facebook or Twitter (@Lenovo) or visit at www.lenovo.com.

[i] Based on Lenovo's 2015 global PC gamer research of 1800 respondents in US, Germany and China.
[ii] Thunderbolt FAQs: https://thunderbolttechnology.net/tech/faq
[iii] “10 Trends Shaping Up Gaming Towards 2017” Aki Jarvinen, Medium: https://medium.com/game-futures/10-trends-shaping-up-gaming-for-2017-ea3c158512d2#.pt1o71rrn
[iv] Based on Lenovo’s internal analysis as of Dec 9, 2016 of PCs using Windows sold by major competitors shipping >1 million units worldwide annually. Requires RS2 update for Windows 10 coming April 2017.

 
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